ISU Women's Basketball vs. UC Preview

Iowa State Cyclone Basketball vs. UC Riverside Highlanders Monday, Dec. 19, 2005 7 p.m. tip Hilton Coliseum Ames, Iowa

Iowa State Probable Starters
Cyclones (6-1, 0-0 Big 12), 2005-06 Stats
G 14 Lyndsey Medders, 5-9, Jr., 17.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 9.4 apg
G 15 Heather Ezell, 5-9, Fr., 13.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg
F       05      Nicky Wieben, 6-4, Fr., 9.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg
F       31      Megan Ronhovde, Jr., 6-1, 10.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg
C       51      Brittany Wilkins, 6-3, RS Sr., 13.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg
First Off the Bench
F       24      Gillian Bjerke, 6-2, Fr., 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg
F       25      Lisa Bildeaux, 6-3, So., 3.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
C       32      Amanda Nisleit, 6-0, Fr., 0.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn ‘79)  
ISU Record (yrs): 221-98 (11)   Career: 387-151 (18)

UC Riverside Probable Starters
Highlanders (3-4, 0-0 BWC), 2005-06 Stats
G 02 Seyram Gbewonyo, 5-11, Fr., 10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg
G 03 Vanessa Campillo, 5-7, So., 5.1 ppg, 0.3 rpg
G 11 Ronéy Friend, 6-0, Fr., 7.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg
F       31      Tainoisouti Lott, 6-2, Fr., 8.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg
F       22      Amber Cox, 6-2, Fr., 6.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg
First Off the Bench
G 13 Courtney Good, 6-0, So., 0.3 ppg, 0.0 rpg
G 23 Kirsten Muir, 6-0, Sr., 3.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg
G 42 Chanel Foster, 5-7, Fr., 3.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Head Coach: John Margaritis (Northeastern Illinois ‘82)
UCR Record (yrs): 19-17 (2)  Career: 129-97 (8)

On the Air
Iowa State's game will be broadcast live on the Cyclone Radio Network and 1430 KASI in Ames ... every game is broadcast live and free of charge on the internet ( ... Rich Fellingham provides play-by-play, while Ed Steyer provides color analysis.

Iowa State owns an 18-game home win streak ... this is ISU's second game in three days ... the Cyclones travel to Minnesota Dec. 22 for their third game in six days ... UC Riverside, still searching for its first road win of the season, travels to Iowa for its final two nonconference games ... the Highlanders play at Drake on Wednesday ... UCR, which is looking to snap its three-game losing streak, has been idle since a 67-50 loss at Fresno State Dec. 10 ... in its win over Northern Iowa Saturday, ISU used a six-player rotation for the second time this season ... those six Cyclones own 93.6 percent of ISU's total minutes played ... Cyclone freshman Nicky Wieben had two blocks against the Panthers, ranking her fifth on ISU's freshman single-season blocks list with 19 already this year.

About the Cyclones
Iowa State improved to 6-1 and captured sole possession of the mythical state title with a 61-54 win over Northern Iowa Saturday in Des Moines ... the game was the first women's basketball contest staged in Wells Fargo Arena ... Lyndsey Medders led all scorers with 24 points, while Brittany Wilkins posted her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds ... Megan Ronhovde recorded 12 rebounds, the fourth time she has pulled down double-digit caroms this year, while Lisa Bildeaux came off the bench to collect a career-best 10 boards ... the Cyclones used a six-player rotation for the second time this season.

About the Highlanders
After starting the season 3-1, UC Riverside has dropped three-straight games ... the Highlanders are 0-3 on the road this season with losses at Pepperdine (51-44), Northern Arizona (71-62) and Fresno State (67-50) ... UCR got 19 points off the bench from Amber Cox at Fresno State, but the Highlanders shot just 29.7 percent in the game ... second-year head coach John Margaritis lost his top scorer (15.3 ppg) and rebounder (7.3 rpg) for this week's games after sophomore center Kemie Nkele fractured her index finger in practice last week ... freshman forward Seyram Gbewonyo is the only other Highlander averaging double-digit scoring at 10.3 ppg, while freshman forward Tainoisouti Lott is pulling down 7.1 rebounds per contest ... UCR averages 59.1 ppg on 39.2 percent shooting.

The Cyclone - Highlander Series
Iowa State and UC Riverside meet for the first time this season ... ISU has played just one other Big West Conference foe in its 33-year history, a 64-59 win over UC Irvine in the 1986 Santa Clara Tournament.

Bumps and Bruises
Seirra Dawson underwent surgery Nov. 18 to remove bone fragments in her elbow and will be out indefinitely ... Rachel Pierson has played in just one regular-season game (North Carolina State), missing action with a sore back ... Gillian Bjerke, who missed three weeks of preseason workouts with an ankle sprain, sat out the season opener after aggravating the sprain ... Heather Ezell was hospitalized for eight days in October with a staph infection ... doctors removed her appendix ... Ezell was placed on intravenous antibiotics for nearly two weeks, restricting any contact drills or scrimmaging in practice ... she returned to full practice Nov. 5, missing exactly four weeks of action.

Medders Matters
In the Dec. 12 NCAA statistics, junior point guard Lyndsey Medders led the nation with 9.8 assists per game ... she own three games with double-digit assists this season ... she earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors Dec. 5 after scoring a career-best 32 points against Drake ... Medders was a preseason all-Big 12 Conference honorable mention selection by the league's coaches ... the Los Angeles native also earned preseason second-team All-America recognition from Women's Basketball News Service ... Medders is ISU's top returning scorer from a year ago and ranked second in the league in assists (6.69 apg).

Fantastic Frosh
Freshmen Heather Ezell and Nicky Wieben have started every game this season ... Ezell, who is ISU's third-leading scorer (13.0 ppg), had a breakout game against Akron, pouring in a career-best 27 points ... she was one 3-pointer shy of the Hilton Coliseum record with seven treys, including 6-of-6 shooting in the first half ... Ezell is averaging a team-best 36.7 minutes played per game ... Wieben had a career game against instate foe Iowa, posting her first collegiate double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds ... seven of her boards were offensive ... Wieben, who ranked 18th nationally with 2.8 blocks per game last week, already ranks fifth on ISU's freshman single-season blocks list.

Trey Bien
Iowa State has made at lease one 3-pointer in 311 consecutive games dating back to 1995 ... that streak ranks nationally behind Cleveland State, Drake and Miami (Ohio) ... the school record for 3-pointers made in a game is 18 (vs. Missouri, Feb. 19, 2000) ... Megan Ronhovde sank 6-of-6 triples vs. Colorado last season, adding three more consecutive baskets from outside in the next game vs. Texas for a string of 11-straight 3-pointers.

Home Sweet Hilton Magic
The Cyclones have been phenomenal at home during head coach Bill Fennelly's tenure, compiling a 131-22 record (.856) in Hilton Coliseum, including a 57-3 mark against regular-season nonconference opponents ... Iowa State finished 15-0 in Hilton Coliseum last year, the third Cyclone squad to go undefeated at home ... ISU recorded its first women's basketball sellout in the 2004 WNIT-NIT doubleheader March 25 ... the capacity crowd (14,092) watched the Cyclones advance to the WNIT Final Four with a 66-58 win over Saint Joseph's.

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